The JLR is organized by councils and committees that oversee all the activities and operational needs of the league. They are as follows:
Community Relations Council
Volunteer Committee provides an excellent opportunity for those with a desire to plan our community projects and to work directly with the community. The committee is responsible for providing a diverse range of impactful and meaningful volunteer experiences for all members while maintaining focus on Family Self-Sufficiency. Members will learn how to effectively plan and execute volunteer events, including community outreach, building volunteer activities, budgeting, communications, and coordination of volunteer roles/responsibilities. The committee is also responsible for educating membership of non-profit organizations within the community that align with our focus.
Public Affairs Committee provides an opportunity for women to get involved in community and political issues. Members learn about legislation at the local, state and national levels and how that legislation impacts women. Letter writing, visits to legislators and attendance at regional community action groups make up a great deal of this committee’s work. Plans often include a trip to Albany in the fall and/or spring as part of NYSPAC (New York State Public Affairs Committee).
External Relations Committee is responsible for the branding and marketing efforts of the League which mostly consist of maintaining the JLR’s social media handles: Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. The committee is also responsible for all general Public Service Announcements (PSAs), press releases, and replenishment of all created League PR packages (Public Relations Package, Media Kit, Print & Radio PSAs).
Diaper Bank Committee is responsible for the daily operations of running the Junior League of Rochester Diaper Bank. Daily operations include bringing diaper needs awareness to the community and ensuring smooth month to month operations of the diaper bank, while continuously improving diaper donations, fundraising, and general diaper bank processes. This is an excellent opportunity for women to have hands on experience in operating a non-profit that does tremendous work for the local Rochester community.
Finance & Development Council
Fundraising Committee is responsible for the execution of the JLR’s fund development plan which may include “mini” and large scale fundraisers, annual appeal, corporate sponsorships, grants and planned giving strategies. The fundraising committee budgets, plans, staffs and executes the League’s major fundraiser (currently Battle of the Brunches). They work closely with the External Relations Committee to promote fundraiser(s) and to gain the attention of prospective sponsors/donors. Maintain documentation and tracking for JLR donors, including individuals (annual appeal, planned giving) and businesses (corporate sponsorships, grants). Seek grants to pursue that align with the League’s mission and goals. They also offer guidance to committees/members to help with JLR’s fundraising efforts.
Cookbooks Committee serves as stewards of our signature publications, Applehood & Motherpie and For Goodness Taste. It is charged with developing creative and innovative strategies to introduce the classic recipe collections to a new audience.
Admissions/Provisional Committee plans and implements the Provisional course, which is currently held three times a year. The committee is responsible for orienting new members into the league including general education on the JLR and AJLI as well as giving provisionals resources and guidance on league operations. The committee determines the course schedule and meetings, runs the mentor program for new members, as well as helping with the selection and implementation of the class project.
Recruitment Committee will devise and implement a plan for recruiting new members, evaluate the plan and report results to the membership, and maintain a prospective member database. Informational events should be ongoing throughout the year to maximize the number of potential new members.
Member Engagement Committee facilitates the Member Compact process as well as the placement of all active members on League committees based on each member’s interests and personalized engagement plan (the Member Compact), as part of AJLI membership transformation design. The committee also serves as a resource throughout the year to help ensure members have a fulfilling League experience.
Member Relations Committee supports the League’s membership, organizes monthly general meetings, and plans social and networking opportunities. The committee plans its year by conducting membership satisfaction surveys to make sure we’re planning a League year that promotes member retention. With this feedback, Member Relations secures venues for monthly membership meetings and ensures all logistics are taken care of: guest speakers, set-up, clean-up, food, presentation equipment, etc. Committee members plan the League’s holiday dinner and year-end dinner, which are attended by members and sustainers. The committee aims to create a fun and exciting experience for members through monthly social and networking events throughout the community. Committee members learn how to put on an event from beginning to end, keeping the desires of the membership in mind. Member relations supports our members by sending our thoughts to those going through tough times, as well as congratulations to those with new accomplishments or life-changing event.
Nominating Committee works to identify high-potential members of the League to serve in leadership roles. The committee solicits applications for all chair and Board roles, including President. Nominating also selects recipients for the R.O.S.E. Bud, R.O.S.E., and Silver R.O.S.E. service awards, a process which includes membership nominations. This committee may also be responsible for nominating JLR members for community awards